All intimacy is rare — that’s what makes it precious. And it involves the revelation of one’s self and the loving gaze upon another’s true self (no makeup, no fancy car, no defensive charm, no seduction) — that’s what makes it so damn hard. Intimacy requires honesty and kindness in almost equal measure (a little more kindness, I think), trust and trustworthiness, forgiveness and the capacity to be forgiven . . . It’s more than worth it — just don’t let them tell you it’s bilss. – Amy Bloom The moment we choose to love we begin to move against domination, against oppression. The moment we choose to love we begin to move towards freedom, to act in ways that liberate ourselves and others. That action is the testimony of love as the practice of freedom. – bell hooks Love sometimes wants to do us a great favor: hold us upside down and shake all the nonsense out. – Hafiz of Persia That’s all nonviolence is — organized love. – Joan Baez Hatred is increased by being reciprocated, and can on the other hand be destroyed by love. Hatred which is completely vanquished by love, passes into love; and love is thereupon greater, than if hatred had not preceded it. – Baruch Spinoza We are People who need to love, because Love is the soul’s life, Love is simply creation’s greatest joy. – Hafiz of Persia You can’t punish yourself into change. You can’t whip yourself into shape. But you can love yourself into well-being. – Susan Skye We don’t need sugar, flour or rice or anything else. We just want to see our dear ones. – Hafiz of Persia It doesn’t matter how long we may have been stuck in a sense of our limitations. If we go into a darkened room and turn on the light, it doesn’t matter if the room has been dark for a day, a week, or ten thousand years — we turn on the light and it is illuminated. Once we control our capacity for love and happiness, the light has been turned on. – Sharon Salzberg The giving of love is an education in itself. – Eleanor Roosevelt To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance. – Oscar Wilde Loving-kindness and compassion are the basis for wise, powerful, sometimes gentle, and sometimes fierce actions that can really make a difference — in our own lives and those of others. – Sharon Salzberg We must love one another or die. – W. H. Auden Pursue some path, however narrow and crooked, in which you can walk with love and reverence. – Henry David Thoreau There is always something left to love. And if you ain’t learned that, you ain’t learned nothing. – Lorraine Hansberry I don’t like to discuss my marriage, but I will tell you something which may sound corny but which happens to be true. I have steak at home. Why should I go out for hamburger? – Paul Newman Once we recognize what it is we are feeling, once we recognize we can feel deeply, love deeply, can feel joy, then we will demand that all parts of our lives produce that kind of joy. – Audre Lorde Even in evil, that dark cloud which hangs over the creation, we discern rays of light and hope, and gradually come to see in suffering and temptation proofs and instruments of the sublimest purposes of wisdom and love. – William Ellery Channing True love stories never have endings. – Richard Bach Each time you love, love as deeply as if it were forever / Only, nothing is eternal. – Audre Lorde

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